Saturday, Dec 07, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, May 31, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 22
Puerto Rico enacts LGBT rights laws - 'Big step forward' for heavily Catholic/Pentecostal island
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Puerto Rico enacts LGBT rights laws - 'Big step forward' for heavily Catholic/Pentecostal island

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The governor of Puerto Rico has signed two LGBT rights bills into law. Alejandro García Padilla signed the measures May 29.

'The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law,' Garcia tweeted before he signed the measures at his official residence in San Juan.

'Today is a great day for Puerto Rico. I feel that I have fulfilled my duty as a Christian to sign these laws.'

Puerto Rico is an internally self-governing commonwealth of the United States, which means it can pass its own civil rights laws much as U.S. states do.

One of the measures signed by Garcia bans discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Puerto Rico's Senate approved the measure on May 16 by a 15-to-11 vote. The island's House of Representatives followed suit on May 24 after a 10-hour debate. The vote was 29 to 24.

WATERED DOWN
The bill originally proposed would also have banned anti-LGBT discrimination in commercial transactions, property rentals, public transportation, and other public accommodations, but those provisions were withdrawn in the face of opposition by conservative religious groups. About 38% of Puerto Rico's population identifies as Catholic and another 28% as Pentecostal.

The measure's author, Sen. Ramón Luis Nieves, told reporters he was not dismayed that the original bill was not approved.

'This is not insignificant,' he said. 'This is a great victory in the fight for human rights in Puerto Rico.'

The second bill signed into law by Gov. Garcia added same-sex couples to the commonwealth's domestic violence laws.

Debates on the bills were heavily attended by supporters of both sides. LGBT activists waved rainbow flags and loudly chanted 'Equality!' as they crowded around legislators who voted for the measures.

SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS
'A decade ago, [we] were criminals under a sodomy law. Today, we're second-class citizens,' said Pedro Julio Serrano, spokesperson for the U.S.-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. 'When this measure becomes law, we will be closer to obtaining the first-class citizenship we deserve.'

'This is a big step forward for the LGBT community in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico joins 21 other jurisdictions in the United States that expressly ban discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and 15 that also cover gender identity,' Francisco Duenas, coordinator of Lambda Legal's Proyecto Igualdad, said in a statement.

'These laws will provide recourse to LGBT Puerto Ricans facing discrimination at work and relief for victims of domestic violence. This is an historic turning point and we will continue to advocate for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that include protections against discrimination in housing, public accommodations, governmental services, and private entities.'

Earlier this year, Gov. Garcia signed an executive order extending health insurance coverage to the domestic partners of government workers regardless of gender. The island's Justice Department also is prosecuting its first hate crime case - the murder of a hairstylist who was set on fire.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Is an anti-LGBT backlash coming? - It could be, and we need to prepare ourselves
------------------------------
SGN Exclusive Interview: Rep. Dave Upthegrove, candidate for King County Council
------------------------------
More bad news for McGinn - District organizations far from unanimous in support of mayor
------------------------------
Scouts' equality vote sparks backlash - Many churches cut ties with BSA after Gay ban lifted
------------------------------
Seattle named one of America's most Gay-friendly cities
------------------------------
Pray for DOMA, Catholic bishops order flock
------------------------------
Gays get no love from ExxonMobil
------------------------------
Obama to Boy Scouts: keep going!
------------------------------
GAY PRIDE 2013 - Events Calendar
------------------------------
Queer Femme Art Cabaret during Pride Month
------------------------------
Puerto Rico enacts LGBT rights laws - 'Big step forward' for heavily Catholic/Pentecostal island
------------------------------
Paris in turmoil: Anti-Gay far-right bigots/fascists riot - anger rages at government
------------------------------
No right to refuse service, human rights court says
------------------------------
Here's the pitch - ECSA's 2013 season resumes play June 2
------------------------------
Jesse's Journal: Aging with pride - Bruce Williams takes a proactive approach to meeting LGBT seniors' needs
------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News